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minority leader nancy pelosi as she prepares to address democrats today. will she stay in her role or will she be stepping down? >> good morning. 48 days until we reach the fiscal cliff, unless congress and the president act. i'll tell you what falling off that fiscal cliff could mean for you and the greater economy. >>> a massive recall from toyota. millions of cars called in because of a steering problem. what you need to know. >> among our guests today, new york congressman steve israel will be joining us. newt and callista gingrich. author kitty kelley. pennsylvania congressman allyson schwartz. patty murray is with us and director oliver stone. it is wednesday, november 14th. "starting point" begins right now. >> look at me i'm whistling our theme song this morning. you're watching "starting point." the scandal, and it's spreading, is now engulfing two four-star generals. there are some new details about the woman who is at the center of it all. her name is jill kelley. she is described as a tammpy socialite. she first reported she's anonymous harassing e-mails to an fbi agent
hill, the minority leader nancy pelosi. is she going to retire? expected to announce her decision later this morning. cnn's senior congressional correspondent dana bash is following some of those developments there. what do you think? is it a yes or a no? what are folks saying? >> we don't know yet but you can barely turn a corner on capitol hill without hearing open speculation. few people really know the answer. i'm told even nancy pelosi's own staff doesn't know. the people i'm talking to, who i suspect do know, won't give me a hint. nancy pelosi has been the house democratic leader for ten years. four of which she was the speaker of the house. and by all accounts she leads her caucus with an iron fist. now she left a lot of her democratic colleagues pretty shocked two years ago when she decided to stay on as minority leader when she lost the gavel. now she really seems to be enjoying this intrigue about her future. listen to what she said yesterday. >> let's see, what time is it now? it's 2:00. on tuesday. i'll see you right here, 10:00 tomorrow morning. while i love you all very de
where he's going but he's creating some drama anyway. and then we're counting down to nancy pelosi's big announcement about her future. will she step aside as the top democrat in the house? we will learn that this hour. >>> good morning from washington. it's wednesday, november 14, 2012. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. let's get right to my first reads of the morning. the president holds his first news conference today, since august. what was supposed to be a re-election victory lap and a way to -- an opportunity to press for his vision on a deficit reduction deal is going to be overshadowed because there are going to be questions about two four star generals who have dominated the news this week. this morning there is new information in that widening scandal about the fbi probe and the two women in the center of it all, tampa socialite jill kelley and paula broadwell. some ask why did the fbi wait to notify them about the investigation and why the director of national intelligence was not informed until election night. given that the investigation had been under way for mon
then they would have put nancy pelosi in charge of the house of representatives. see, i think these ideas that we talked about, i think they're popular ideas. this is a very close election. >> hogan, people are going to look at this and wonder why is paul ryan still clofrping around on the same cement shoes that tanked his bid on the romney ticket and heading back to d.c. after it was a mandate that the nation spoke and put the president back in power? >> i think this largely speaks to political capital. and right now the president has a lot of political capital. i don't think he should waste that on someone like susan rice's nomination where it will be met with a ton of resistance, rightly or wrongly, that's not the point. he should use that political capital to try to ram through some of the things he's been talking about on the campaign trail for the last year, but even previous to that in 2008. paul ryan makes a good point, though. i do agree. i don't think the president has a mandate per se but a lot of political capital. just depends how he wants to spend it and the republicans, if they don
and tv studio in the capitol visitors center. house minority leader nancy pelosi shortly will be holding a news conference with reporters and she will likely discuss not only the democratic agenda for the lame duck and the 11 th but her future plans. on tuesday her office confirmed regardless whether she cedes her leadership post she will remain in the congress for two years. associated press and other news organizations reporting that nancy pelosi told her party caucus she will remain as minority leader in the new session of congress. we'll find out shortly once the news conference gets underway. this morning we heard from the newly-elected senator-elect angus king of maine. he made his decision. he is an independent and has decided to caucus with the democrats. the associated press saying that will add to the party's voting edge. his decision ends months of speculation which party he would align with. with that alignment it gives the democrats a 55-45 edge. while we wait to hear from leader pelosi and other democrats we'll show you angus king, senator-elect from maine a short while ago
that dynamic in washington right now is probably nancy pelosi herself. and guess what, nancy pelosi, the leader of the democrats in the house will be our guest tomorrow for her first interview since her big announcement about staying in charge today. we obviously have lots to discuss. we'll be right back. >>> this is the message to the gop. >> and for those of you in the back of the room that can't read this, senator, would you like to say what it says? >> yes, gop stands for "get out of our panties," and that is exactly what we want the gop to do. >> ohio state senator nina turner earlier today, making quite a show of it. what prompted that remarkable thing in ohio is coming up. [ male announcer ] we got a mom and the family car to prove that febreze car vent clips could eliminate the odor. [ woman ] take a deep breath, tell me what you smell. something fresh. a clean house. [ woman ] take your blindfolds off. oh!! hahahaha!!! [ male announcer ] febreze car. eliminates odors, so you can breathe happy. >>> president george w. bush got re-elected in '04, right? but in the midterm election that h
think for a while it seems like that now have been more of a possibility. ifs nancy pelosi yesterday said that she absolutely does not want that to happen. and she still thinks that is a possibility. i do not think either party -- there just a beginning of this posturing and negotiations, i do not think either party wants to say, we are going to drive. fiscal cliff. they are in in this happy mood of trying to compromise. polling has shown recently that americans are not super confident that congress will actually be able to cut a deal. hear from betty,s a democratic caller. caller: thank you for taking my call. it is tedious for me, because you cannot trust it. for validity or facts. not only that, but even the news, over and over, there is response about kick the cannot. this is been going on for 12, 14, 24 months. kicking the can, yada yada. and i heard one thing, and that is, the president got some leverage. when he said -- i just stopped. the cuts. this is the leverage that could bring everybody together. stop the tax cuts. i do not want to think about them as an increase. just s
's a mandate here? >> i don't. because then they would have put nancy pelosi in charge of the house of representatives. see, i think these ideas that we talked about, i think they're popular ideas. this is a very close election. >> despite a scoreboard of 332 to 206, congressman paul ryan refuses to admit that president obama might have a mandate to push his agenda, a big part of which includes raising taxes on high earners. this week the president is holding court with ally and opponents to discuss the upcoming fiscal cliff. yesterday, at a meeting with progressive leaders the president said he would not give in to republican demands to extend all of the bush tax cuts. today he will meet with business leaders. the discussions underscore the president's opposing constituencies, but according to new york magazine's jonathan chaits the president has to do what he want -- joining us now from washington, "new york" magazine columnist by god jonathan chait. hello, my friend. >> thank you. >> jonathan, so the president met with progressive leaders yesterday and i think gave them some welc
of women that the republicans have in that house. nancy pelosi, the leader of the democrats in the house and the first woman to ever be speaker of that body, today she announced that although with every single woman member of her caucus, all 60 of them, that she would put her name in to stay the leader of the democrats in the house. as we tried to preview on this show last night, that was not a terrific surprise to anyone. what was a surprise, though, was the answer that leader pelosi gave to nbc's luke russert when he asked today whether she and the rest of the democratic leadership should consider stepping aside, simply to make room for younger members. the first reaction to the question was that the women standing with her on that stage started booing the question, literally. but then she went on to answer. >> some of your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the party from having a younger leadership and will be -- and hurts the party in the long-term. what's your response? >> next! >> leader pelosi? >> i guess -- you always ask that question, except to mi
scandal. and now we add a twin sister to the mix. >>> staying or go? house leader nancy pelosi reveals her plans just hours from now. >>> toyota taking control over a steering problem that could affect millions of hybrids. hey, everyone. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. up first, the tangled web that has insnared two of the country's top military women and two women who are not their wives. this morning we are learning much more about jill kelley, the tampa socialite at the heart of the investigations involving general david petraeus and john allen. first there were threatening e-mails sent from petraeus' writer paula broodwell. >> then he resigned as cia director. now john allen, top adviser in afghanistan, is being investigated for flirtatious e-mails he exchanged with kelley over a two-year period. >> kelley is pleading for privacy now even though she finds herself in the middle of a real-life soap and a here. we are hearing her voice now for the first time in a 911 call to tampa police, that was last weekend,
: someone tried to ask nancy pelosi. isn't there a way that we cannot sort of close loopholes and not raise taxes on the rich. she's like no! no! there is not enough revenue there. bush tax cuts are done! >> they were supposed to expire two years ago. they were meant to expire. it was written -- >> stephanie: tom in pennsylvania. hello, tom. >> hey steph. how you doing? welcome from the northernmost county of alabama. look, i don't mean to be dr. buzz kill but you know, these guys on fox and the entire right wing establishment they're really not a joke. i mean they -- we like to laugh at them and it is good fun to laugh at them. and you need to laugh at them in a way but as a historian which is how i was trained they really remind me of how nazi, germany got started. >> stephanie: you beat jim to that this morning. >> caller: no. anyway i could duplicate his version of -- but it really bothers me when i look at these people who make up news. >> stephanie: yep. exactly. by the way someone was calling
nancy pelosi joins a briefing with members of the upcoming 113th congress. we'll bring it live to you at noon eastern on c-span3. >> now, now, from cq roll call's election impact conference, a discussion on the new conference. roll call staffers talk about the newly-elected members, what leadership will look like for both parties and committee assignments. this is an hour. >> i'll start chatting while my colleagues come up to join us. the next panel, for those of you who are veterans of this conference, for some years tom and norm do the next bit, but we thought we'd mix it up this time because we have two people who are eminently qualified to talk about the new membership of congress and the new power structure in congress. on my right, jason dick who is the house editor at roll call, and to his right emily pierce who is the senate editor at roll call. so who better to discuss the structure in a congress that will be more demographically diverse than ever before. as your guide reminds you, after two consecutive congresses in which the female population of both the house and senate wa
us about the future of house minority leader nancy pelosi because she's made some comments this morning, i believe. >> she is planning to tell all of us what her future is tomorrow morning. nan nancy pelosi has been the leader of democrats in the house. she was the first woman speaker, and there was some questions of whether she would stay on in a leadership position in the new congress because she had not been able to win as many democratic seats as they had hoped even though she raised a lot of money and did a lot of work for candidates. so that question was there, should the democrats have a new leader? perhaps steny hower, perhaps jim clyburn, what we don't know is what her final decision is. tonight there's a whole series of meetings and get-togethers as members come back and she will make it known tomorrow. that's something to stay tuned for. >> any hint of what she's going to say? >> i would say her posture coming back, she certainly looks confident and engaged. that might lead me to think she wants to stay in power, but we don't know for certain. >> absolutely. nbc'
there's a mandate? >> i don't because then they would have put nancy pelosi in the charge of the house of representatives. i think these ideas we talked about, i think they're popular ideas. this is a very close election. unfortunately, divided government didn't work very well the last two years. we have to make sure it works for the next two years. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth. i have a cold... i took dayquil, but i still have a runny nose. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't work on runny noses. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have an antihistamine. really? [ male announcer ] really. alka-seltzer plus cold and cough fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a fast acting antihistamine to relieve your runny nose. [ sighs ] thank you! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus. ♪ oh what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] to learn more about the cold truth and save $1 visit alka-seltzer on facebook. [ male announcer ] to learn more about the cold truth [ female announcer ] some people
. obviously that's the pending business here in washington. i want to play something nancy pelosi had to say. again, we're in the stakes setting, ground rule laying part of this debate. let's play what pelosi said and we'll come back and talk about it. >> a possible xrcompromise that would lead rates the same but cap for high income earners. is that accept able? >> no. >> not at all? >> no way? >> the president made it very clear in his campaign there are not enough resources. what you just described is a formula and a blueprint for hampering our future. >> so, mark, what we saw on friday congressional leaders meet with president obama. everyone comes out and says, look, we're going to have a deal. what you see here from nancy pelosi, look, this isn't going to be a deal made by simply closing loopholes. what does that mean? though she's not saying it in that clip is we're going to have to raise taxes on the wealthy. are republicans in any position to really fight this? they're going to put up some kind of fight but to carry this on december 25, december 26, as we get closer? >> chris, democr
house democratic leader nancy pelosi. pelosi says she will announce later this morning whether she will stay on as minority leader after the democrats failed to within enough seats last week to take back control of the house. >>> also there are new questions right now about the political future of democrat jesse jackson jr. who easily won re-election to his illinois house seat last week. jackston has left the mayo clinic for the second time. no word yet on where he is headed or what he might head back to work. he has been on leaf since june for treatment of bipolar disorder. >> the governor of the state saying it is time for him to speak. >>> on the heels of veterans day, boost of monthly benefit checks for vets next year. increases payments 1.7% for 4 million veterans and survivors. the measure headed to the president was held up for weeks because of objections from a republican send nor whose i dent team was not revealed. >> no paycheck quite big enough for what the guys have done. >>> other news this morning, two snow boarders stranded on a mountain since sun day are boek ho --
on nancy pelosi after 20910 elections. >> and mcconnell, interestingly who is the pair gone of the republican establishment has won them over. he made uneasy peace with and paul. it looks to me like mitch mcconnell has wanted to be majority leader since the senate race, ever since then he wanted to be majority leader. now he may never be. things do not look that much better for the republicans two years from now than they do now. he will also face a primary in two years. >> he may or may not. back in 2010 there was a contested primary in kentucky. that caused a bit of a problem for him. people were upset with him. but he has done a lot of work to hug rand paul so close to him and he let him do about whatever he wants to do on the senate floor. when he says i want to go to the floor and cause a big stink about something, mitch mcconnell says go right ahead. he is such a talented politician. he is so smart. in my opinion i think he has done everything he can do to prevent someone -- even if someone wanted to challenge him from the right he has done as much as he can do to keep
there is a mandate here? >> i don't because then they would have put nancy pelosi in charge of the house of representatives. i think these ideas we talked see, i think these ideas we talked about are popular ideas. this was a close election. and unfortunately, divided government didn't work very well the last two years. we have to make sure it works in the next two years. that means i think both parties have to talk to each other. >> reporter: could you see supporting a plan that raises tax rates? >> i'm not for raising tax rates. >> reporter: you won't support a plan? >> i don't want to get into that but i don't support raising tax rates. >> reporter: period? >> yeah. i've been saying that my entire career. >> reporter: diane sawyer asked speaker boehner if you were now the de facto leader of the republican party, and his answer was -- >> oh, i wouldn't think so, paul ryan is a policy wonk. >> i take that as a great compliment from john. >> reporter: is that your role now in the republican party, policy wonk? >> i've always been one of the house policy wonks. my role is to continue to b
don't think there's a mandate here? >> i don't because then they would have put nancy pelosi in charge of the house of representatives. these idea s we've talked about i think they're popular ideas. this was a close election and unfortunately, divided government didn't work well the last to years. we have to make sure it works the next two years. both parties have to talk to each other. >> reporter: can you see yourself supporting a plan for raising tax rates. >> rhyme not for tax hikes. i do not support raising tax rate, period. i've been saying that my entire career. >> note to house republicans, the p-90 x classes begin again this morning. >>> there is little confidence among the public that the two sides can find a compromise. look at this. only 38% believe the president and house republicans will reach an agreement. and if there isn't a deal by the end of the year, over 50% say republicans in congress will be the ones to blame. 29% say it will rest on president obama's shoulders. >>> now, the latest on that increasingly complex scandal involving a pair of high-profile and highly d
by democratic leader nancy pelosi. then senators of both parties on their leadership elections. later republican senators john mccain, nancy gramm, and others call for the investigation on the attacks of the u.s. consulate in libya. the senate armed services committee holds a hearing tomorrow morning on the nomination of marine corps general joseph dunford. that is live on c-span 3 at 9:30 eastern. general dunford is assistant commandant of the marine corps. now house speaker john gainer on his party's leadership election and the agenda for the lame duck session of congress. top priority which is jobs. i'm proud of my leadership caucus who are going to serve. and while some of us who are returning to the leadership, we have new members and you will get to hear from them in a moment. our majority is the primary line of defense for the american people against a government that spends too much, borrows too much when left unchecked. i have outlined a framework for how both parties can work together to avert the fiscal cliff without raising tax rates and through a combination of pro-growth tax reform
as opposed to the senate, do you hear anything nancy pelosi is going to have a news conference, a press conference, later today? what do you think she's going to do? any word? >> i have no idea. no idea. >> thank you for your honesty. go get me a cup of coffee. >> did you watch this program yesterday? debbie wassermann schultz said she's staying. most of the people i talk to say she's staying. i think her body language yesterday when she was sparring with the press a little bit suggest she's staying. and if we're wrong, i won't be here tomorrow. >> let's go back to congressman ryan and his comments. the interesting thing that president obama did yesterday, he's been, you know, criticized -- was criticized a lot from a lot of different angles in the first four years of his time in office. but one of the things that the left and some in the center criticized him for was constantly negotiating against himself, that he was not a tactical negotiator. yesterday was as much as anything an announcement. he's not going to get the tax increases that he wants. that number. but he's not coming in -
's a mandate here? >> i don't because then they would have put nancy pelosi in charge of the house of representatives. see, i think these ideas that we talked about, i think they're popular ideas. this is a very close election. and unfortunately, divided government didn't work very well the last two years. we're going to have to make sure it works in the next two years. that means, i think, that both parties have to talk to each other. >> but could you see yourself supporting a plan that raises tax rates? >> i'm not for raising tax rates. >> so you won't support a plan? >> i don't want to get into negotiating with the media, but i do not support raising tax rates. >> period. >> yeah, i've been saying that my entire career. >> the fiscal cliff. i mean, there are people -- you read them, you hear them, say, you know, let us go off the fiscal cliff. that might be one way to really resolve the situation. what happens if we go off the fiscal cliff? what is the fiscal cliff? >> well -- >> i can't even balance a checking account. what is it? >> it's actually more like 2 1/2 cliffs because
then they would have put nancy pelosi in charge of the house of representatives. see, i think these idea that we talked about i think they're popular ideas. this is a very close election. unfortunately, divided government didn't work very well the last two years. we are going to have to make sure it works for the next two years. that means, i think, both parties have to talk to each other. >> reporter: diane sawyer asked speaker boehner if you are now the de facto leader of the republican party. and his answer was, oh, i wouldn't think so. paul ryan is a policy wonk. >> i take that as a great compliment from john. >> reporter: is that your role in the republican party, the house policy wonk? >> i have also been one of the house policy wonks. my role is to continue to be a champion of ideas, to help our party be a reform party that shows how we get economic growth. >> reporter: i asked ryan about speculation that he would be an early front-runner for the republican presidential nomination in 2016. he told me it is way too early to even think about the next presidential race. jonathan karl, abc ne
involved visiting minority leader nancy pelosi. mr. morel will testify later this week as both the house and senate intelligence committees hold hearings on the benghazi attack. both the house and senate are gaveling in in about 12 minutes or so. the u.s. house coming in at 2:00. four items on their agenda this afternoon. they will gavel back out shortly thereafter. we expect them back at about 4:30 or so. a number of new members will be sworn in. we'll have live coverage. the senate meanwhile comes in this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. as well. they take up a bill dealing with hunting and fishing on federal lands. we'll have live coverage of the senate on c-span2. also coming up this afternoon, a number of house -- new house members, democratic members will be meeting with reporters and also nancy pelosi will be at that briefing, as will the head of the d triple c, chairman johns for the house races, steve israel of new york, news conference coming at 2:00 eastern. we'll likely have it for you here on c-span as the house is expected to gavel out quickly at 2:00. >> what i like about c-span's c
, thank you for coming in. roll call house editor. that is it for "washington journal." nancy pelosi is giving a press conference in a few moments on c-span 2. we will now join the house which is in session. day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 17, 2012, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate . the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11: 50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. quigley, for five minutes. mr. quigley: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, an estimated 50,000 people die every year as a result of seize years. some of -- seizures. some of these victims are like danny stanton. chicago's mike and mary stanton founded the danny foundation after their 4-year-old son, danny
that this picture is worth millions of votes. >> today representative nancy pelosi said she'll serve as house democratic leader two more years. she actually hummed the song "hallelujah." this is a record breaking group, my friends. there was barely room on the platform for all of them to show up and be a part of it. pelosi will be joined by 80 other women in the u.s. hope of represents. it a dis are prn. >>> republicans counted on congressman rick berg to defeat heidi hitekamp. >> we missed the north dakota senate race. >> yes, did you! you said republican rick burke would win. he lost. >> he lost. >> former north dakota attorney general -- 59% of the folks vot voted him. i can tell you anybody is saying how in the world did a democrat win in north dakota? you know the culturalish ushs gays, guns and god, the g word," how did you a tlut about all of this they care about a farm bill, they care about energy policy, but mainly they care about sending people who know how to get along and get things done and it's no different than anybody you've been hearing all across the country. the american pu
a question at nancy pelosi's presser and was soundly booed over his age-related queer. >> i some of your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the party from having a younger leadership and will be hurt -- hurts the party in the long term. what's your response? >> discrimination. >> whoa! >> next! next. >> leader pelosi -- >> i guess -- >> whoa! >> you always ask that question except to mitch mcconnell. >> oh, mitch mcconnell, the senate minority leader is 70 years old. nancy pelosi is 72. in the world of politics, age is kind of a skewed concept. average age of members of the house is 56. and of senators it's 62. i mean, paul ryan is thought of as a young gun. he's 42. that's eight years shy of being a card-carrying member of the aarp. ronald reagan was 69 when he first ran for president. many worried he was too old for the job until his famous quip during a debate. >> i will not make age an issue of this campaign. i am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience. >> yes, reagan used age to his advantage. but seriously, h
time since last week's elections. nancy pelosi holds a news conference with a newly elected democratic members of the 130th congress. senate leaders talk about the upcoming negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff. that is followed by more on the potential tax hikes and spending .an hollen va = = we held a briefing with newly elected democrats. patrick murphy who defeated alan webb spoke to the new members who take office early next year when the 130 congress convenes. this is 20 minutes. >> at length of time it took for our new members to come onto the platform here is music to my ears into your ears as well. they say that a picture is worth 1000 words. the picture that you see before you is worth millions of votes. millions of aspirations of the american people. problem solvers to come to washington to get the job done. today we welcome our democratic freshmen to washington. they are extraordinary leaders who will make our house democratic caucus the first in history to have a majority of women and minorities in the caucus. you can applaud that. before you you see a broad coaliti
question. >> all right. a lot of questions about nancy pelosi and whether she will continue on as your leader. will she or won't she? >> you know, i think that's probably the hottest question in the capitol right now. but personally if you ask me, i would be shocked if she left. you know, would really surprise me if she stepped aside. nancy pelosi is someone who absolutely loves to be part of the architecture of big major decisions, the big issues. we wouldn't have health care reform without barack obama and nancy pelosi. and with the fiscal cliff issues and the big economic decisions we're going to be making it would be hard for me to imagine she walks away. plus, you know, we had a successful election and we've got a job to finish. so just knowing her, that's my gut feeling. >> did you guys have a successful election? because -- >> you mean in the house? >> yeah, obviously the president won big, the senate won big, but the republicans are still in charge of the house. >> yeah, they are. but, look, i think if you look at -- if this election were not right after redistricting, and if y
will have speaker boehner shortly. nancy pelosi announced that she plans to stay on as the leader of the house democrats and made the announcement at a press briefing and said, quote, i wouldn't think of walking away. we will watch that now while waiting for speaker boehner. >> i think that means most of them are here. good morning. more are coming. more are coming. yesterday, when we gathered here, i began my comments standing here with our new members of congress by saying a picture is worth 1,000 words. that's what they say. i said then and i say now that this picture before you is worth millions of votes. millions of votes. [cheers and applause] >> millions of women's votes that it took to re-elect president obama. millions of women's votes who help us elect a number of women to the congress of the united states. as you look forward, understand that you are looking into the future. the future of empowerment of women in america. you saw some of these faces yesterday among the new members-elect. i said then that they were part of the most diverse caucus in the history of the wor
nancy pelosi welcomed newly elected democrats to the house. they will be figuring out office assignments, learning house rules and ethics and how to set up congressional offices. the rookies in the house are at a dinner this evening. hosted by the speaker of the house, john boehner. shep? >> shepard: mike emanuel live on capitol hill. just in to fox news from the o really file? the chief operating officer of the long island power authority or lipa is stepping down in the wake of super storm sandy. this comes on the same day an attorney filed a lawsuit against lipa claiming negligence in the aftermath. and the attorney is seeking class action status potentially including hundreds of thousands of long island customers who, in some cases have had no power for two weeks. the feds say only about 25,000 customers in the storm zone are still in the dark only. certainly a major improvement since just yesterday when the number was three times that. but today as the new york city mayor michael bloomberg pointed out that figure does not include tens of thousands of homes and businesses that are des
don't, because then they would have put nancy pelosi in charge of the house of representatives. >> david, do you buy that? democrats gain in both the house and the senate. the president won the popular vote, well over 300 electoral votes and by big majorities, they told exit pollsters they agree with the president's position on tax policy. >> well, whether the president has a mandate is a matter of opinion. whether he has power is a matter of fact. this president now has enormous power, because of the expiring of all these various tax measures and because of the advent of the sequester. he's in a situation where he's in a doomsday contest with the republicans, but the doomsday bites republican constituencies harder than those of democrats and of course, the president doesn't have to face re-election so even if doomsday arrives he has less to fear from it than the republicans do. so he's in a very powerful position. and republicans are going to have to be very savvy about how they play this. to go back to your original question, about why -- what was the cause of the defeat, we'
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